For most music fans, the idea of their favorite artist playing a solo serenade is something straight out of a "too good to be true" dream. On Friday night, Teresa Shaw’s dreams became a reality when Country music star Garth Brooks halted his show and saluted Shaw in front of the crowd of thousands.
Shaw, a 46-year-old mother of three, was not just another face in the crowd. Shaw reportedly has been battling stage 3 breast cancer since June.
With her daughter by her side, Shaw showed up to the Target Center in Minneapolis armed only with a sign that read, "Chemo this morning, Garth tonight, enjoying 'The Dance,'" which is a reference to one of Brooks signature songs.
“That’s one of my favorite songs of his,” Shaw told WCCO-TV.
As the concert wore on, it finally came time for Brooks to play “The Dance,” as an excited Shaw waved her sign, wishing she could get close enough to the stage so that Brooks could see it.
"The next thing I knew, another usher was coming up to me and were like, 'Follow us,'" Shaw told KARE-11. “And they took me to the very front, right in front of Garth.”
Initially Brooks did not catch a glimpse of Shaw’s sign until a minute later when the event cameras zoomed in on it, projecting the image on the large screen above. Brooks took notice, proceeding to walk to the edge of the stage where he sat down and sang directly too a smiling Shaw.
Brooks then took Shaw’s hand and placed his own guitar in it.
"To give away something like that is just remarkable, and now if I ever have a bad day, I can always go look at his guitar and get inspiration," Shaw told KARE-11.
As the song came to a close, Brooks stood in the front of the crowd still holding onto Shaw’s sign. He raised it above his head and exclaimed, “God just stuck his hand out and wrote this. You have all my strength, you have everybody’s strength in here and you go kick cancer’s ass!”
Brooks has first-hand experience with the severity of cancer. Both his mother and sister passed away from the disease, so it seemed only fitting that he should make the dreams come true of one victim who continues to battle on.